When he isn’t helping his clients reach their personal fitness goals, Owen Hubbard will be pumping iron in the gym for around two-and a-half hours every day.

For the 22-year-old Bournemouth University graduate and personal trainer, is also a record-breaking junior power lifter who has represented Great Britain around the world.

Originally from a small town in the South Wales valleys, he came to Bournemouth to study nutrition.

“Fitness and health has always been a huge passion of mine and having a career in the fitness industry has been something I have strived towards focusing particularly on the nutritional aspect. It has meant that I have also been able to pursue my other passion of power lifting,” he explains. But health and fitness wasn’t always top of his list. Owen admits he battled with his weight as a child.

“I weighed 11 stone by the time I was 11 years old and I ended up weighing the same when I was 18,” he explains.

“Power lifting was the first competitive sport that I got into. Of course growing up in Wales I had to play rugby, but I didn’t really get into it and I didn’t play any sport competitively.

“But when I was 15 I tried power lifting and found that I had a knack for it. I got very good very quickly.”

Owen started competing in Wales and within six months he had won the British championships.

He then went on to win the Commonwealth championships and in South Africa last summer, he set a junior world record for bench pressing 190.5 kg.

“Power lifting is a very welcoming sport,” he adds.

“Everyone is very supportive whether you do well or not. I love it because it is self-challenging. I always think to myself that I can do better and you don’t have to rely on anyone else. If it doesn’t go well you have no one to blame but yourself either.”

Now Owen, who is based at the 180 degrees fitness club at the Sandbanks Yacht Company, has got his sights set on winning the World Championships in Helsinki next year.

“Winning that title means everything to me,” says Owen. “Until I am world champion, I won’t feel I have achieved what I want to achieve, so I’m going to keep going until I do, whether it’s next year or within the next 20 years.

“It is the most important thing to me.

“I will keep going until I do at some point in my life time – I certainly can’t see myself giving up any time soon.”